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U researchers receive AHC's highest award for excellence

Four University of Minnesota researchers last fall received the Academic Health Center’s highest recognition of excellence—induction into the Academy of Excellence in Health Research.

Bruce Blazar, M.D., Karen Hsiao Ashe, M.D., Ph.D., Eric Newman, Ph.D., and Mary Story, Ph.D., R.D., were selected for sustained health-related research of sufficient renown to enhance the scholarly reputation of the University. They join 14 others who have been inducted into the academy since its inception in 2003.

A professor of pediatrics and an expert in bone marrow transplantation in the Medical School, Blazar has developed pharmacological and protein therapies designed to improve the outcome of bone marrow transplants by reducing serious side effects.

Ashe, a professor of neurology and neuroscience in the Medical School and a world-renowned Alzheimer’s disease researcher, has made breakthrough discoveries related to the molecular basis of memory loss and cognitive dysfunction associated with the disease.

A professor in the Medical School’s Department of Neuroscience, Newman has identified the role of glial cells in many key brain processes.

Story, a professor in the School of Public Health, has pioneered strategies for preventing obesity and promoting healthy eating and physical activity among youths.

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